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Engineering has no sex appeal


Pauline Reith, having a company in project management in the rail industry, has invited some colleagues to the Grosvenor House dinner (NCE 18 April).

We all are invited to, or organise the same thing, several times a year. Let us not dress it up as anything other than the marketing/networking/publicity exercise that it is.

The profession is unattractive to women for all the same reasons it is unattractive to men. We join to be engineers or project managers and end up becoming the worst hybrid of both. We are intelligent people who, by the nature of our skills, can turn our hands to many things.

It is fairly obvious why we make alternative choices when faced with a profession in which the core is held in low esteem, has low pay and long periods of career stagnation.

As to Janice Windle and Annette Dentith's comments on the sketches on the cover of NCE (11 April) - this is exactly the kind of commentary that gives women in this profession a bad name.

Mary Spelman Spealain@aol. com

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